The US warns that the international community will examine other options unless Sri Lanka moves quickly to address allegations of war crimes.
The US warning has come in the wake of the Dec. 31, 2011 deadline set by the UK for Sri Lanka to make progress on accountability issues or face the consequences . The UK cited Channel 4 News documentary, Sri Lanka s Killing Fields, which followed the Darusman Report` as evidence of alleged war crimes during the closing stages of the Vanni war.
International wire services on Wednesday quoted the US Statement as having said that it wanted Sri Lanka to move quickly to address allegations of war crimes, warning of rising pressure for international action if it did not.
The State Department stopped short of endorsing calls for an international investigation into the final phase of the war in 2009, saying that domestic authorities had primary responsibility to ensure accountability.
We continue to urge the government of Sri Lanka to quickly demonstrate that it is able and willing to meet these obligations as it seeks reconciliation, a State Department statement said.
`We hope the Sri Lankans will themselves do this, but if they do not, there will be growing pressure from the international community to examine other options, it said.